Cape Breton Screaming Eagles vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:00pm
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Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
SAINT JOHN – Two struggling teams meet tonight at 7pm at Harbour Station.
The Saint John Sea Dogs, losers of five straight, take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, losers of nine straight, this evening. A win would obviously be huge for either team tonight.
Saint John enters play with an 18-25-0-0 record and sit 15th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Along with losing five straight, the Dogs are just 2-8-0-0 in their last 10 games.
The Sea Dogs are likely to make the playoffs, but where they finish is still up in the air. Saint John currently sits five points back of the 14th-place Gatineau Olympiques and six points ahead of the 16th-place Sherbrooke Phoenix. As we wrote yesterday, tonight’s game kicks off a key stretch of matches.
With Jonathan Huberdeau gone, Jakub Izacky leads the Dogs in scoring with 19 points in 38 games.
Not much has gone right for Cape Breton this season. They’ve fired people. Players have asked for trades. They’ve been hit with injuries. And now they sit in last place in the QMJHL with a 9-29-3-4 record. They are the only team that has not reached double digit wins.
The Eagles have lost nine straight and are 1-8-1-0 in their last 10. They are five points back of Sherbrooke for the final playoff spot.
William Carrier leads Cape Breton in scoring with 42 points in 34 games. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Carrier has not played since December 14 due to an injury.
|Cape Breton||Saint John|
|Record||9-29-3-4 (6th Maritimes)||18-25-0-0 (5th Maritimes)|
|Goals For/Game||2.40 (17th)||2.72 (15th)|
|Goals Against/Game||4.34 (18th)||3.90 (16th)|
|Shots For/Game||26.03 (16th)||27.20 (14th)|
|Shots Against/Game||34.18 (15th)||34.97 (18th)|
|Overall PP||15.3% (16th)||20.4% (12th)|
|Home PP||16.2% (17th)||21.9% (11th)|
|Road PP||14.5% (16th)||19.0% (11th)|
|Overall PK||75.3% (14th)||77.2% (12th)|
|Home PK||73.3% (17th)||81.2% (10th)|
|Road PK||76.8% (8th)||73.3% (13th)|
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-1 loss in Moncton on Wednesday night. Matthew Highmore scored Saint John’s only goal. Sebastien Auger allowed seven goals on 42 shots through 40 minutes of play while Alex Fournier stopped all six shots he faced in the third.
The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 6-3 loss in Moncton last night. Bronson Beaton, Charles-Eric Legare, and Zach Moody all scored for Cape Breton. Alex Bureau allowed five goals on 22 shots while David Honzik allowed a goal on 16 shots in relief.
The Sea Dogs are 3-1-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 1-3-0-0 against Saint John.
Their last meeting was on December 11 where the Sea Dogs defeated the Screaming Eagles 3-1 at Harbour Station. Kevin Gagne, Aidan Kelly, and Oliver Cooper scored for Saint John. Bronson Beaton scored for Cape Breton. Sebastien Auger made 22 saves for the win while David Honzik made 26 in the loss.
- The Sea Dogs are 11-12-0-0 against divisional opponents. The Eagles are 3-17-2-3.
- Saint John has struggled in first periods during their losing streak. They have been outscored 57-32 in first periods this season.
- Saint John plays Cape Breton again on Tuesday in Sydney.
OUT OF TOWN
P.E.I. at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EST
Halifax at Sherbrooke - 4:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM AST
Val-d'Or at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:00 PM EST
And the NHL is back
The Sea Dogs take on the Moncton Wildcats tomorrow afternoon at 3pm at Harbour Station.